My grandson Ben could not wait to show me his special sneakers that were purchased with the money he saved. What attracted him to the shoes are their thick soles that light up with all the colors of the rainbow when you pressed a battery-operated button inside each shoe. As he demonstrated the light that shines when he walks I thought about the Scripture from Psalm 119:105. "Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path." It is the Word of God that gives light for every step we take!
In the book of Proverbs, King Solomon says, "The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble." (Proverbs 4:18-19) The Word of God keeps us from stumbling. Solomon goes on to tell us about the importance of God's words of wisdom. "Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole body." (Proverbs 4:21-22) As we walk according to the words of truth in the Bible, our path will be secure.
The prophet Isaiah writes about how God sent His servant to rescue all people and bring them into the family of God. "I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness. I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness." (Isaiah 42:6-7) There is a purpose for God's people, to be a part of His plan for the salvation of all nations. He has placed His light within us so that we can carry it into the world. That light should shine brightly wherever we go. Isaiah 42:16 continues with the promise of the Lord. "I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do."
There is a blessing for those who walk in the light of the Lord as declared in Psalm 89:15. "Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim You, who walk in the light of Your presence, O Lord." The light of the Lord penetrates us as we set aside time to be in His presence and worship Him. We then reflect His light to others. After Moses was with the Lord he reflected God's light so brightly that he had to place a veil over his face when he spoke to the Israelites. (Exodus 34:33-34)
The Lord issues an invitation to us as He did to the children of Israel: "Come, O house of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord." (Isaiah 2:5) When Jesus walked on the earth He was clear about who He is. "...I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." (John 8:12) "Put your trust in the light while you have it, so that you may become sons of light." (John 12:36) Today, the Light of God lives within every Believer through the Spirit of the Living God. He provides revelation and light along with the Word of God.
Pursue the Light, dear ones, through communion with the Spirit of God and time in the Word of God. May our walk shine the Light of Christ as described in Isaiah 52:7. "How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, 'Your God reigns!'"
Joan E. Mathias